Often considered among the greatest in the history of the sport. McEnroe was known for his shot-making artistry and volleying skills, as well as his confrontational on-court behaviour that frequently landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities.
McEnroe attained the No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles, finishing his career with 77 singles and 78 doubles titles; this remains the highest men's combined total of the Open Era. He won seven Grand Slam single titles, including four US Open titles and three Wimbledon titles, and added nine men's Grand Slam doubles titles. His singles match record of 82–3 in 1984 remains the best single season win rate of the Open Era.
McEnroe also excelled at the year-end tournaments, winning eight singles and seven doubles titles, both of which are records. Three of his winning singles year-end championships were at the Masters Grand Prix (the ATP year-end event) and five were at the World Championship Tennis (WCT) Finals, an event which ended in 1989. Since 2000, there has been only one year-end men's singles event, the ATP Finals (the new name for the Masters Grand Prix). He was named the ATP Player of the Year and the ITF World Champion three times each: 1981, 1983 and 1984. McEnroe contributed to five Davis Cup titles for the U.S. and later served as team captain.
There is a strong bond between McEnroe and this city. It's in London that McEnroe has produced some of the most inspired tennis of his career. It's also in London that he has been at his most volatile.
At the age of 18, and still an amateur, McEnroe made the semi-finals of the 1977 Wimbledon Championships. Three years later he would reach the final, where he won a 34-point fourth-set tiebreak against Bjorn Borg that became known as The War of 18-16, though he would lose the fifth set. The following summer, though, McEnroe beat Borg to become the Wimbledon champion for the first time, and in 1983 he defeated New Zealand's Chris Lewis for the title, before winning the tournament for a third time in 1984 with a lop-sided victory over Jimmy Connors.
While McEnroe won more Grand Slam titles at the US Open than he did at Wimbledon - with four at his home major - he is remembered more for his adventures at the All England Club than his exploits in New York. That has much to do with the way he raged against the tennis machine in the 1980s; it was on the lawns of London that he called out: "You cannot be serious." And it was in London that he earned the nickname, 'Superbrat'.
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